By: Amanda Stevens Jun 13, 2016
Humble. That’s the word that comes to mind when describing Allison Carol Nanea Chu, the newly crowned Miss Hawaii 2016. I’ve known the 22-year-old since she was in high school. Soon after her discovery as a model she was booking national campaigns and walking the runways of New York Fashion Week. Allie is just as genuine and unaffected by the limelight now as she was then.
Chu graduated summa cum laude from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in psychology. You’ve probably seen her a bit on “Hawaii Five-0,” and she’s been trained as an opera singer since she was 5. That training was a major factor in her win in the talent competition of Saturday night’s Miss Hawaii pageant.
As Miss Hawaii Chu goes on to compete in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City this September. I had a chance to chat with her backstage after the pageant.
What was your earliest memory of Miss America and Miss Hawaii?
For as long as I can remember, I would watch Miss America and Miss Hawaii every year with my mom, but I never dreamed that I would be here, let alone be here with so many incredible women. It’s amazing to be a part of this organization.
What do you hope to accomplish during reign as Miss Hawaii?
My uncle Jim was diagnosed with skin cancer when I was younger. Growing up in Hawaii, being in the sun is such a part of our lives. I want to reach out into the community and promote my platform, Safe in the Sun: prevention and early detection of skin cancer.
I am also going to work hard to represent Hawaii, my family and friends, at the Miss America pageant.
As someone who has accomplished so much at such a young age, what advice would you give Hawaii youth?
I went to Kalani High School, I grew up in the public school system. As long as you are hard-working, you’re determined and you have something that you feel passionately about, you can accomplish anything that you want.
(Left to right) Miss Kaka’ako – Hali’a Parish, Miss Kahala – Chelsea Clement, Miss Hawaii – Allison Chu, Miss Diamond Head – Tesia Melani Worley, and Miss Latina Hawaii – Tiffany Johnson.
Miss Hawaii 2016:
Miss Aloha Latina – Allison Carol Nanea Chu (talent – opera)
Miss Kahala – Chelsea Clement (talent – Tahitian dance)
Miss Diamond Head – Tesia Melani Worley (talent – hula)
Miss Kaka’ako – Hali’a Parish (talent – vocalist)
Miss Latina Hawaii – Tiffany Johnson (talent – lyrical dance)
Pageant photos by Paul Hayashi
By Amanda Stevens from www.nonstophonolulu.com (Photos by Lyle Amine)
It was like going back in time, witnessing the epitome of East-meets-West fashion originating from Hawaii. The HI Fashion – Legacy of Alfred Shaheen event on Saturday at Bishop Museum highlighted the work of this innovative, ground-breaking aloha wear designer.
The fashion show paid tribute to Shaheen, the pioneer of aloha wear. A special collection from Reyn Spooner introducing reinterpretations of the original textile designs developed in the 1950s and 1960s opened the show. The second line of the show featured some of Shaheen’s timeless aloha shirts with high-quality fabrics and distinct textile prints. The third line featured some of Shaheen’s exquisite dresses highlighting the classic feminine silhouette. The finale showcased Hawaii’s own Andy South, who unveiled a capsule collection inspired by Shaheen.
“I was truly inspired by the story of Shaheen, his culturally authentic aesthetic and his dedication to doing everything in Hawaii,” South said. “In putting together this collection, I tried to think like one of his designers — channeling his aesthetic sensibilities into the world of today.”
The regal Beverly Noa, Shaheen’s signature model was at the event and performed a beautiful hula before the fashion show.
The exhibit runs through Feb. 4, 2013. For more information, call 808-847-3511 or visit bishopmuseum.org